Archive for July, 2012

The Uncle Ron

The last thing I expected from a sandwich topped with onion and horseradish was a sweet taste. The Uncle Ron was a pleasant surprise. Izzy’s famous corned beef is topped with swiss cheese, tomato, onion, and a special horseradish sauce. Whatever is in the special sauce, it complemented the onion and tomato perfectly and had a sweet finish. I was honestly not anticipating enjoying this sandwich as much as I did. The toasted rye, onion and tomato provided for a nice crunch. I’m
starting to come around to onions, thanks in large part to Izzy’s sandwiches. The Uncle Ron is proof that next time you’re at Izzy’s, you should try something new. The more I try, the more I find that you really can’t go wrong here.

You know Adam Turer from his attempt to take down Izzy’s 110 Reuben on Travel Channel’s Man V Food Nation.  Join us as Izzy’s challenges Adam to eat his way through Izzy’s menu in one year.  Adam will share his thoughts as he tries each and every Izzy menu item, while journeying to all local locations throughout the year. Got a specific twist or combination you want him to try?  Leave us a comment on our Facebook page or our twitter account and we will have him try it for you.  As we gave our challenge to Adam, we only had two words: COME HUNGRY!

 

 

An Interview with 110 Challenger Thomas Dall by Adam Turer

 

What made you want to take on this beast of a challenge?

This is all my fault. I was sitting at home late at night, hungry. Somehow it suddenly occurred to me that I should do this reuben challenge and needed to drag my two friends long for the ride. Bernie has won some eating contests and Frankie once ate an entire Crave case at White Castle in an hour. All my idea. All my fault.

Did you think you could do it?

I did not think that it was possible to eat the entire sandwich. I did however, believe I could eat 3/4 of the sandwich. The sheer density of this monster sandwich was a shock to me. I still cannot believe how hearty and tough that rye bread was. Soaking it in soup or water hardly helped. I am pretty sure I had nightmares about that bread.

At what point did you realize the Reuben had you beat?

I knew after the first quarter. I had a good start. Downed the first quarter in six or seven minutes. But I knew it was over. I felt like I had downed two Chipolte burritos. I was shocked to be so full after just one quarter.

What was the best part of your experience? Worst?

The best part was eating the first quarter of the sandwich. It was delicious. The second quarter was not nearly as fun. A lot more like work. The worst part was the anticipation of waiting for the sandwich to come. It took what felt like forever. The fact that they had to make three probably added to the wait, but at the time it felt like psychological warfare.

Any advice for future competitors?

Train. Train. Train. Get a routine and train for about a month before trying this challenge. Make sure your stomach is stretched out and can handle that much food. I did no training and could only eat half.

Did you eat your leftovers? Have you been back to Izzy’s since your attempt?

I did, in fact eat all the leftovers. I did the challenge on a Saturday night and finished the sandwich by Monday. I had one quarter Sunday for lunch and the other quarter for lunch at work on Monday. I did however, use normal buns for the bread. I have not been back to Izzy’s since, but it has nothing to do with the challenge. I have not really been out to eat around an Izzy’s lately. I would eat an Izzy’s Reuben right now if I had one.

Favorite menu item at Izzy’s?

Goetta Reuben, extra goetta. Time for me to goetta outta here!

Elm Street location and Turkey Reuben Salad

 

From the heart of downtown Cincinnati, the Izzy’s on Elm Street always seemed off the beaten path. However, I learned that it is a less than 10-minute walk from Fountain Square. I also learned that it is worth the walk. Elm Street has a recently-renovated patio which is great for outdoor dining. Even though it was 97 degrees the day I went there, I sat outside and enjoyed the shade and an occasional breeze. I planned on eating outside anyway, but I did not have much choice as the tables inside were already filled with loyal Izzy’s customers. The service was top-notch and the Turkey Reuben Salad was delicious. It was the most filling salad I have ever eaten and was loaded with all of my Turkey Reuben favorites, including the sweet and sour coleslaw. Is there a better beverage while eating outside than a refreshing sweet tea? I don’t think there is. If you want to enjoy your Izzy’s favorites while dining al fresco, make the short trek to the Elm Street location near City Hall.

 

You know Adam Turer from his attempt to take down Izzy’s 110 Reuben on Travel Channel’s Man V Food Nation.  Join us as Izzy’s challenges Adam to eat his way through Izzy’s menu in one year.  Adam will share his thoughts as he tries each and every Izzy menu item, while journeying to all local locations throughout the year. Got a specific twist or combination you want him to try?  Leave us a comment on our Facebook page or our twitter account and we will have him try it for you.  As we gave our challenge to Adam, we only had two words: COME HUNGRY!

Ranking the Reubens!

At the outset, I must say that I enjoyed every one of these. I highly recommend that if you have a favorite, you should still try them all. You will probably be surprised at what you find out, just as I was. Read on for my totally subjective rankings. I would love to see your feedback in the comments.

9. Beef Frank Deluxe Reuben—With so many other great meats to choose from, it is hard for the beef frank to measure up.

8. Veggie Reuben—My love of green olives gives this the edge over the BFD. If your favorite reuben ingredient is sauerkraut, this will probably be your number one.

7. The Reubenator—Delicious. Filling. Nothing wrong with that.

6. Pastrami Reuben—PRETZEL ROLL. Need I say more?

5. Goetta Reuben—Love the goetta. I prefer my goetta on breakfast sandwiches, though.

4. Izzy’s Famous Reuben—You can never go wrong with the classic that started it all.

3. 110 Reuben—Not the whole thing. But if you can share it with friends, you will be amazed at how great the flavor of the potato pancake on the reuben is. If you’re not ready for this behemoth, slide your potato pancake onto your standard reuben and enjoy.

2. Turkey Reuben—I’m just as surprised as you are that this ended up ranked so high for me. Turkey is far down the list of my favorite deli meats, but everything about this sandwich just clicks. It must be the sweet-n-sour coleslaw that takes the place of the sauerkraut. Whatever it is, it made me want to order this again and again.

1. Cod Reuben—Back when I was just another Izzy’s regular, Ashley at the Main Street location suggested that I had to try the cod reuben. She was persuasive and I gave in pretty quickly. The sandwich was so good that when I got back to the office I immediately went on Izzy’s website to give positive feedback and thank Ashley for her recommendation. After you have the cod reuben, you’ll probably want to go here http://izzys.com/talktous.php and sing its praises. Bow down to The Codfather.

You know Adam Turer from his attempt to take down Izzy’s 110 Reuben on Travel Channel’s Man V Food Nation.  Join us as Izzy’s challenges Adam to eat his way through Izzy’s menu in one year.  Adam will share his thoughts as he tries each and every Izzy menu item, while journeying to all local locations throughout the year. Got a specific twist or combination you want him to try?  Leave us a comment on our Facebook page or our twitter account and we will have him try it for you.  As we gave our challenge to Adam, we only had two words: COME HUNGRY!